Network with like-minded people

ACN conducts a range of major events and conferences focused on nursing practice, professional aspects and clinical education.

Through participation in an ACN event, nurses are empowered to expand their scope of skills, network with like-minded professionals and be involved in influencing and shaping the profession and its practice.

Our signature event is the National Nursing Forum, an annual conference bringing together nurses, students and other health professionals both nationally and internationally. Members are eligible for discounted registration fees for many ACN events on offer.

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Policy Summit

ACN’s Policy Summit is an annual forum, where high-calibre nurses and health policy advocates connect in Canberra to address major policy issues for nursing and health care. The Summit brings together members of ACN’s Policy Chapters, nurses and other health professionals to identify and discuss major policy opportunities and strategies to address these.

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ACN Nursing & Health Expo

The ACN Nursing & Health Virtual Expo is the perfect place to discover and progress your career in the nursing and health professions. The  ACN Expo has a strong reputation for connecting visitors with a range of organisations including hospitals, health care services, educational institutions and specialty nursing groups. A wealth of products and services are on show and visitors gain practical take-home advice and skills in a series of complimentary educational seminars. If you are a nurse, currently studying nursing or considering a career in the nursing or health professions, then the ACN Nursing & Health Expo is for you.

ACN National Nurses Breakfast

The ACN National Nurses Breakfast is hosted each year in celebration of International Nurses Day on 12 May.

Traditionally the campaign saw nurses and their supporters hosting a breakfast or get-together at their workplace, university or community centre to celebrate International Nurses Day. In 2020, taking into consideration restrictions that had arisen through the COVID-19 pandemic, we encouraged nurses to take time out for themselves during International Nurses Day week and treat themselves to a self-care breakfast. Thank you to nurses all over Australia who joined in a virtual breakfast to celebrate all things wonderful about our profession. 

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The National Nursing Forum

The National Nursing Forum (NNF) is the Australian College of Nursing’s signature annual leadership and educational event bringing together nurses, students and other health professionals from around the country and across the globe.

The NNF program seeks to inform and inspire delegates through exceptional keynote speeches, specialty concurrent streams and many networking opportunities.

The 2021 NNF will take place from Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 August 2021 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

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Nursing in the Community Week

Nursing in the Community Week aims to raise awareness on how nurses can support you to stay safe at home, and their impact on the well-being of individuals and those in local communities.

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Let's talk leadership

ACN’s Let’s Talk Leadership events allow attendees to be inspired by well-known leaders from various industries. The inaugural event in October 2019 featured Catherine McGregor AM, who shared her inspirational personal narrative about serving four decades as a military officer, becoming one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators and embracing her gender transition journey. Let’s Talk Leadership events will be held in various formats and locations across the country.

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2020 roadshows

The Australian College of Nursing has decided to cancel our remaining ACN 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife Celebration Roadshows; we are hoping to postpone these to a later date but that is yet to be confirmed. We have carefully reviewed the unfolding coronavirus situation and, in accordance with official advice from authorities, have determined that the events should not be held at this time. Whilst this is a difficult decision, the personal health and safety of our event attendees and staff is always our top priority. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Celebrate 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife!

Join us to celebrate this historic occasion at the complimentary ACN 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife Celebration Roadshow. We encourage you to bring a friend or colleague. Members and non-members are welcome.

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Nursing Now roadshows

In September 2015 the nations of the world signed up to the ambitious goal of ensuring that everyone in the world should have access to health care — universal health coverage — and that nobody should be left behind. The Triple Impact Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, makes the point that UHC cannot possibly be achieved without strengthening nursing globally. This is partly about increasing the number of nurses, but also crucially about making sure their contribution is properly understood and enabling them to work to their full potential.

Through our panel of speakers this event will facilitate discussion and debate regarding the future of healthcare in Australia through the lens of the Triple Impact Report.

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Looking for more events?

Be sure to check out our events calendar for a full list of ACN events – including our major events, face to face CPD training, networking opportunities, social gatherings and conferences.